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Chris Gethard: Career Suicide at Soho Theatre until 4th February 2017

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Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Gethard’s excellently scripted and painfully honest monologue on depression makes for uncomfortable yet compelling viewing.

“Sometimes people just … break,” says Chris Gethard early on, after explaining that his longstanding issues of anxiety and depression don’t stem from any traumatic childhood experience.  The lights have darkened and his voice has slowed to a standstill.  His glasses near the end of his nose.  His head jerks nervously once, then twice.  “Welcome to a comedy show!”

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Category: Comedy
WOL Comedy Awards

What’s On London Comedy Awards 2016

Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Now the sun has firmly set on this year’s season of comedy festivals, it’s time for What’s On London to announce our 2016 Comedy Award Winners and alert you to where you can catch these acts over the next couple of months.  

The field is stronger than ever before.  Londoners are privileged to have such a talented generation of performers available to entertain them across the city on each and every night of the week, in every conceivable style.  Whether you’re after stand-up, music, sketches, improv or something else entirely, the list of winners below contains something for everyone.

So follow our advice: make this the season of good cheer, book some tickets, get out of the house and keep yourself warm with the roar of laughter.

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Category: Comedy
Andrea Hubert

Andrea Hubert: Week review

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Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Hubert delivers a refreshingly sardonic debut show, providing a whole lot of laughs against the back-drop of an important journey towards managing mental health issues.  

Early on, Andrea Hubert says that her show is about a nervous breakdown, which marked her lowest point but provided a springboard to dealing with her long-standing mental health issues.  Then she manages to make her unravelling seem funny, reliving sitting on the floor of a supermarket lobbing cherry tomatoes at the check-out girl who crossed her with a catty comment and request for ID.  Unlike some sets at this Fringe, it’s already clear to the crowd that depression provides the backdrop to, rather than the main focus of, Hubert’s show.  This is vital in making Week a heavily and refreshingly sardonic comedy, not a therapy session.

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Andrea Hubert: Week, Edinburgh Preview

In our fourth Edinburgh Fringe preview, Ian Cater meets Andrea Hubert to discuss her debut hour-long show about the life-changing seven days in which the London-based writer and comedian was thrown out of a supermarket, contemplated suicide and finally accepted her need for anti-depressants.

Despite its dark premise, Week – performed daily at Gilded Balloon at the Counting House – is already receiving rave reviews from comedy critics.  More than that, it looks set to help audience members going through similar struggles.

First, an apology of sorts: all our Fringe previews have so far featured a rather bleak backdrop.  Breakups, bullying, breast cancer – a smorgasbord of the bad things life can throw at us.  And this one’s no different: Andrea Hubert’s new show, Week, centres on a twenty-year cycle of depression which became so severe that in 2014 she was removed from a shop for hurling tomatoes at complete strangers.

But what unites these shows isn’t their darkness: it’s their honesty and the fact that each is – if early reviews are believed – extremely funny.  “The backbone of my show is depression,” Hubert acknowledges, “but the aim is to be really funny.  I  certainly don’t want people to feel they’ve gone through the mill!”

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Category: Comedy